Archive for January, 2013


The Truth Behind UFO Sightings and the U.S. Air Force
‘Mirage Men’ author Mark Pilkington discusses how the military used UFO stories to keep aircraft projects secret

By   Alex Kingsbury

Are UFOs a mirage, conjured up by the Air Force to obscure classified flight projects? In part, argues Mark Pilkington, a British journalist and filmmaker who writes about society’s oddities. In Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare, and UFOs, he makes a persuasive case that much UFO-logy canon was started or encouraged by the government trying to conceal Cold War military projects. He recently chatted with U.S. News about the origins and effects of UFO mythology around the world. Excerpts:

How has the UFO story been shaped by the government?

These ideas do generate themselves to some extent, but there is evidence that they were specifically shaped in some instances. I don’t think this is some long-running grand conspiracy, I just think that the UFO story has been deployed and used at times when it was convenient. Just about everything that is popularly believed about UFOs has been exploited, shaped, and, at times, generated by people working for the U.S. Air Force and the intelligence community. The idea that UFOs crashed on U.S. soil, that the U.S. government was harboring and hiding UFO technology, that it was denying its citizens the right to know that aliens have come here and visited—all these things have been deliberately seeded into the culture.

[See who the defense aerospace industry gives the most in campaign contributions to.]

Why would the government “seed” these ideas?

UFO stories are used as a cover story for the flight-testing of experimental and clandestine aircraft. If you look at the places where UFO sightings are frequent, they are also the places where the military tests its experimental aircraft. For the first few years that UFOs circulated in popular culture after World War II, the public didn’t talk about UFOs as being alien. Rather, they were talked about as advanced U.S. or Russian aircraft.

How long has this been going on?

Much of it dates to the first flights of the U2 spy plane back in the 1950s. The CIA’s in-house journal had a story about 10 years ago that said that one of the functions of Project Blue Book [the official Air Force investigation into UFOs] was to monitor how visible the U2 was to people on the ground. Someone would see what they thought was a UFO and then the Air Force would send someone around to talk with them. Of course, the Air Force would have a schedule of the U2 flights and be able to tell if what the person saw was indeed a U2. By talking to all these supposed UFO witnesses, the CIA could assess how visible the U2 was.

Were the Soviets a target for this?

There are other, more subtle motivations from the U.S. side. One is the idea of a super weapon. If unfriendly nations believe that you harbor alien technology that you have integrated into your own weapons systems and aircraft, then they have good reason to be afraid.

[See photos of space missions.]

What happened in 1952 over Washington, D.C.?

The first incident took place early one morning in July. It was reported extensively in the newspapers that a number of unknown objects appeared on radar screens around Washington. Now, it looks very plausible to me that the Washington incident was a demonstration of a technology from the Defense Department, known as Project Palladium, which allowed the operator to project radar blips onto other radar screens. Later on, the technology became very sophisticated to the point where you could change the shape of the blip and its speed and so forth. We go on in the book at length about the evidence that suggests that the Washington radar incident was a planned operation.

Do UFO fanatics know it may be they’re duped?

Certainly. I’m not the first person to tell them this. UFO lore has transcended to what has become a religious matter for many of those involved. We talk to a man called Bill Moore, who in the 1980s was one of the most respected people in the UFO community. He was co-opted by Air Force intelligence to act as a mole passing information to the Air Force about what people were researching and to pass disinformation back into the UFO community. When he came clean about all this at a UFO convention in 1989, people ran out crying into the hallways. But what happened to the larger UFO lore? Nothing.

Is this a worldwide phenomenon?

The UFO story is a global one, but I think it has its origins in American culture. Not long ago there was a major UFO wave in Iran. Not surprisingly, all the UFO incidents happened near the country’s known nuclear sites. Initially it was odd lights in the sky, then over a few days, the stories started getting more dramatic. They were describing small robots hovering in the skies. I read an interesting article recently that described the impact of the drone use over Pakistan and Afghanistan. The villagers describe the drones as being spiritual beings with a life of their own that live in bedrooms in space and come to feed on women and children. It is fascinating to watch, because I feel like I’ve seen it all before. It will be different for every nation, as they develop. Perhaps every nation will get the aliens it deserves.


The Old Hag of Calcutta

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Hell’s Angel: Mother Teresa by Christopher Hitchens (1 of 3)

Part 1 of 3 – During her lifetime Mother Teresa had become synonymous with saintliness. But in 1994, three years before her death, journalist Christopher Hitchens made this provocative film asking if her reputation was deserved.

Hell’s Angel: Mother Teresa by Christopher Hitchens (2 of 3)

Part 2 of 3 – During her lifetime Mother Teresa had become synonymous with saintliness. But in 1994, three years before her death, journalist Christopher Hitchens made this provocative film asking if her reputation was deserved.

Hell’s Angel: Mother Teresa by Christopher Hitchens (3 of 3)

Part 3 of 3 – During her lifetime Mother Teresa had become synonymous with saintliness. But in 1994, three years before her death, journalist Christopher Hitchens made this provocative film asking if her reputation was deserved.

https://theageofblasphemy.wordpress.com/2015/12/19/mother-teresa-sadistic-religious-fanatic/

 

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Israel Attacks Syria, Adding Complexity to Syrian Civil War

Israeli Officials Refuse Comment Amid Conflicting Stories of What Was Attacked
by Jason Ditz 

Fresh off of weekend claims by Vice Premier Silvan Shalom that Israel was considering attacking Syria, they did exactly that, sending warplanes through Lebanon into Syrian territory and launching air strikes that killed two people.

Exactly what was hit, who was killed, and why the attack was launched at all remain matters of intense speculation, and with Israeli officials refusing any comment on their attack, conflicting stories from Syria and the United States are being pushed.

The US claims that Israel attacked an “arms convoy” en route to Lebanon, carrying Russian-made anti-aircraft weapons to the Hezbollah faction, which would make Israeli attacks in Lebanon less convenient.

Syria, on the other hand, claims that the attacking warplanes struck a military research facility near Damascus, killing two workers and wounding five others. They accused Israel of doing so to aid the rebels.

Experts say that whatever was hit likely had nothing to do with Syria’s chemical weapons program, which Israeli officials have often cited as a likely target. Such an attack would’ve caused massive environmental damage and would’ve been readily confirmed.

Whatever the case, the attack will have a major impact on Syria’s civil war, complicating the conflict and adding credence domestically to Assad’s claims of a Western conspiracy against him. Though it is highly unlikely Israel launched the attack in coordination with Syria’s Islamist rebels, the perception of an Israeli role in the war for regime change could shift popular opinion both in Syria and in the various nations from which Islamist fighters are flocking


A Christian Pastor, Who Else?!
 Apparently, a pastor named Ronald Pyles, raped a developmentally disabled 20-year-old woman. Go figure.

Ronald Pyles, 59, and the pastor of the Victory Harvest Ministry in North Jackson, is facing charges of two counts of rape and gross sexual imposition for raping a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman at his shelter in 2010. 

Prosecutors said the alleged victim had been living at the Victory Harvest Ministry following the death of a relative. Charges said the rapes occurred during a six-month period between October 2010 and April 2011.

Um… I think Pyles is on his way to now prison too. It’s been a hard week for pastors. Pyles ws convicted on one found of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition.

The victim testified.

Other witnesses included the woman’s case workers from the mental retardation agency and children’s services.

“I think that she was very ashamed of things that had happened. This was a man that she really admired, this was a man that she looked to as a father figure,” one case worker testified.

I’m pretty sure than when a developmentally disabled woman gets on the stand and says her pastor raped her, the defendant is a dead man. Prison will be hard on Ronald Ryles; very hard.


Calling BS on Mother Teresa

            Submitted by Marcel Gagne

Penn and Teller, with a little help from Christopher Hitchens, show us how you can take a culture of pain, misery, poverty, and suffering, and make it sound so good, you reward it with sainthood.

It’s amazing to think that a person like Mother Teresa can be seen as a force for good. Sort of like making pedophile priest sound like a force for good.

Of Islamists beheading people in god’s name sound like a good thing. The latter is relatively fast and brutal, the former takes time and stretches the suffering out over many years.

Which do you like best?


Is Homosexuality an Abomination?

One of the things I like to do here is point out how those who claim to follow the Bible, or whatever holy book you choose, pick and choose the passages that support our chosen beliefs and prejudices.

Right-wing Christians are fond of pointing out, for instance, that homosexuality is a sin because the Bible says so, not because they have a personal problem with the Bible.

And yet they allow their friends and neighbors who choose to do yard work on the Sabbath, to live when they should, according to the Bible, be put to death. The following clip from the West Wing does a fantastic job of making this point.


Boy Scouts Consider Ending Policy Banning Gay Members  and Troop Leaders
By Madison  Gray
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KENZO  TRIBOUILLARD / AFP / GettyImagesBoy Scouts salute while listening to the national  anthem

The organization said Monday it was considering dropping its national policy  on sexual orientation and leaving some of the decisionmaking to local troops,  sponsors and families.

(MORE: Was  a Boy Scout Denied an Award Because He’s Gay?)

“The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic or  educational organizations that oversee and deliver scouting to determine how to  address this issue. The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a  position to units, members or parents,” said BSA spokesman Deron Smith in a  statement to TIME. “Under this proposed policy, the BSA would not require any  chartered organization to act in ways inconsistent with that organization’s  mission, principles or religious beliefs.”

The group’s long-standing ban on gay membership, while it has faced several  legal challenges, was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 2000 case. But  the Scouts have come under mounting pressure on the issue in recent months. In  October, Ryan Andresen, a then 17-year-old scout who had completed all the  qualifications for earning his Eagle badge, learned from his troop leader that  he could  not be awarded the merit because he was gay. At the time, the Scouts  released a statement saying that Andresen “did not meet the organization’s  standard on sexual orientation” and was told he was no longer eligible for  membership, prompting widespread condemnation. Earlier this month, after  Andresen’s mother posted  a Change.org petition in his support that got more than 468,000  signatures, local Boy Scout leaders approved his Eagle ranking, despite the  judgment of the national organization.

Smith said the decision is likely to be discussed next week at the  organization’s national executive board meeting, which will be closed to the  public. If the ban is dropped, it would eliminate any national policy on sexual  orientation within the Boy Scouts of America.

MORE: Eagle  Scouts Return Badges in Protest of Gay Ban

MORE: Will  Boy Scouts Reverse Anti-Gay Policy?